A book on the life, work and service of Alexander “Sandy” Hunter was launched Wednesday. Hunter was a politician and former Minister of Trade and Industry in Belize. He retired from Politics in the 1970s and is remembered for his extensive work with grassroots people. The book “The Man who Wore Khaki” is written by his daughter Lita Hunter Krohn. She told us about her reasons for telling his story.
Lita Hunter Krohn: “The man who wore Khaki was my father and he wore Khaki because I think it was his color and an outfit that made him feel at one with workers, farmers,cañeros, fishermen and all these people that he worked with as a Minister but he was a very down to earth Minister along with Mister Price. They rode horses, they went in doreys , they helped build the Southern highway, land reform, all of these things. He loved me, he guided me, he showed me discipline and those were things that he brought with him to the work that he did and he really did serve this country working. It doesn’t make him a saint. He knew he had weaknesses but he worked diligently and honestly and I think that is something that is not around today and we have to show people, I had to show this generation that there is hope. It’s been done before and people can serve our country, not serve themselves but serve the country. Growing up he was privileged, he came from a fairly wealthy family and then joined the PUP shortly after 1949 and got right in the trenches and did the work that had to be done. His life is one that goes from Colonialism into Independence and he had a lot of much to do with those movements and the work involved in that. It’s a story I had to tell because no one else was telling it and I owe it to him.”
Alexander “Sandy” Hunter was honored by residents of Orange Walk who named the existing library after him. The story goes that after his retirement from politics, the Orange Walk cane farmers who he served extensively, presented him with eighty thousand dollars as a thank you gift. He accepted the gift on the condition that it be used to benefit the community there and therefore, the library was built and named The Sandy Hunter Library. “The Man who Wore Khaki” is available at the Image Factory and is selling at $20 per copy.